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Airline to wheelchair users: pay a carer

Paralympics medalist Paul Munnari, who has propelled himself thousands of kilometres, said airline staff had told him he would have to be accompanied by a carer.

The airline’s spokeswoman, Heather Jeffery, last night said the airline had produced a more detailed policy on special needs passengers or “guests”, to take effect this Thursday.

But she denied it would mean more wheelchair users would have to pay for carers to accompany them.

Ms Jeffery denied the policy discriminated against wheelchair users, and said more and better equipment would be available for disabled passengers.

Virgin Blue staff will not push wheelchairs


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